The Courier & Advertiser (Perth and Perthshire Edition)
Back Qemah to secure Royal Ascot place
Lingfield race the perfect preparation for filly
QEMAH can book her return ticket to Royal Ascot with victory in the Betfred ‘Supports Jack Berry House’ Chartwell Fillies’ Stakes at Lingfield.
Qemah recorded one of two Group One victories in last year’s Coronation Stakes at that meeting and this event is viewed at the perfect prep for the Queen Anne Stakes.
Conditions were on the easy side at Ascot, but Qemah showed she does not have to have cut when following up on good ground in the Prix Rothschild at Deauville before eventually coming unstuck on her final outing of the year when third in the Matron at Leopardstown.
Slowly away and a bit too keen that day, Qemah never looked like winning, but that race came at the end of long season and she can be forgiven a minor slip.
CAMERONE might not have such clear-cut claims in the Betfred Mobile Oaks Trial Fillies’ Stakes but it is always dangerous to ignore a Ralph Becketttrained runner in this race.
Beckett seems to favour this event with his true Oaks contenders, with Look Here finishing second in 2008 before claiming Epsom glory while Secret Gesture won the race in 2013 before being edged out by a stablemate in the main event.
Much like those two fillies, Camerone has not been overly tested yet, clocking up just two juvenile runs in the later stages of the season, winning a moderate event at Brighton on the second of those outings.
The form of that race is open to question, but Camerone really caught the eye as she got a bit outpaced midrace before staying on with real purpose all the way to the line.
Middle distances seem a natural progression for her and given that dual Group One winner Flotilla is among her siblings, the class is certainly in the pedigree.